Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions we get asked, if you have any other questions please contact us.
What’s the difference between a blimp and an inflatable?
A blimp is filled with helium gas and it flies whereas advertising inflatable is constantly powered by an electric fan to maintain internal pressure, much like a jumping castle, just with lighter and easier to use blower systems.
How quickly can I get a blimp or Giant balloon?
We carry stock of our standard sizes. Please allow about 5-10 work days or sooner for art and design approval.
We have supplied some clients within 24 hours!
How must I supply my logo or graphics?
Vectored art works is the best for all graphics that have to be made larger for print since they can be resized without loss of quality.
Software programs used for vectored art are CorelDraw, .ai, .eps, .psd, pdf, .cdr
All graphics must be converted to curves. If you do not have the right format your agency or design company that created your art can assist you.
What gas do I need for blimps or giant balloons?
All giant blimps and flying advertising balloons require Helium gas.
Helium is a non-flammable lighter than air gas.
When the balloon is filled with Helium, the balloon becomes lighter than air and floats up in the sky.
Does weather affect the flying of a balloon?
Yes. Just like an aircraft does not take off in strong winds or in bad weather, neither should you launch your blimp near thunder storms or in very strong or turbulent weather.
Even if you only fly your blimp when the weather is good you will get many successful days out of your investment.
How high can a blimp fly?
Blimps have to fly below 50m .
Do I need permission to fly my blimp or Giant Balloon?
Some towns require fees some don’t. Call your local municipality for info.
Can I fly my blimp or advertising balloon anywhere?
You cannot fly your blimp or advertising balloon near an airport and especially not on the approach path to the runway.
You must not fly the blimp near power lines or tall and sharp objects.
Where do I get Helium?
Helium gas can be obtained from most gas or welding supply companies.
We can point you to the right supplier in your area.
Keep one tank of Helium on standby to top up your blimp or Advertising Balloon every two to four days to maintain internal pressure.
How much Helium gas do I need to buy?
Different sizes of Advertising Balloons and Blimps will use different amounts of Helium, Our 4,7m blimp or our 2,5m round advertising balloon will fly with only one 50 liter bottle (1,5kgs of Helium) and still have enough Helium in the bottle for at least 5 days ,thereafter you will require one bottle every 4-5 weeks for top ups. Helium loss is about the same with larger blimps and they will also use one bottle every 4-5 weeks for top ups.
What material do you use on the Giant balloons and blimps?
We use a specially formulated Polyurethane product that is designed for holding Helium.
The material is far superior to PVC and has incredible elasticity and can withstand expansion caused by temperature.
We also offer heavy duty coverings on larger balloons for various outdoor conditions.
What guarantee do you give on Blimps and Giant balloons?
We offer a 24 month seam-weld guarantee. All our blimps and balloons are individually pressure tested to ensure that there are no leaks before leaving our factory.
Can the blimp or giant balloon withstand hitting a sharp object?
No, Look after your blimp and make sure you fly it away from sharp objects such as tall trees, buildings, barbed wire fences, sharp gutters or any object that will puncture the material.
Even a Tractor tyre can get a puncture if driven over a sharp object!
Read the instructions supplied with the blimp.
Why is a round advertising balloon more stable in the sky?
The ball shape of the balloon increases it’s stability in the sky.
The tailfins on a blimp are like the control surfaces of an aircraft, they provide lift and direction and cause the blimp to fly around the sky, but blimps can dive when flying in a thermal (rising hot air).
Round balloons don’t have control surfaces and they have lots of air drag which stabilizes them in wind and thermals.
You still cannot fly them in extreme weather or thermic conditions and obviously thunderstorms so they need to be securely docked in bad weather.
Is inflatable advertising a good investment?
Yes! Just think that for the price of a one day newspaper ad you can invest in your own outdoor advertising inflatable or Blimp.
If you have any other questions contact us and we will assist you.
CREATING GIANT INFLATABLES SINCE 1996